Exciting Coconut Oil News...

Exciting Coconut Oil News...

Coconut Oil to me is what Windex is to the Greeks, according to My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  I love it.  I love it a lot.  And I use it for everything.  A few months ago, I wrote a post about coconut oil, specifically the overpriced RMS Beauty Coconut Creme that is basically really high quality coconut oil that is outrageously marked up (but still totally awesome because coconut oil is the best).  This post is actually one of my more popular posts, and since then I have been on the lookout for other top-of-the-line coconut oil brands to add to the list, and I am super stoked to say that I found two that meet all of the qualifications that RMS lists:

- Organic, made from fresh coconuts.

- No chemical refining, bleaching, or deodorizing.

- Extracted from fresh coconuts within the day to eliminate mold growth or danger of other impurities. 

- No heat processing: centrifuge-based extraction which preserves all nutrients, not expeller-pressed.

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Spring Detox Grocery List

Spring Detox Grocery List

Ordinarily, when I say I'm doing some kind of cleanse/detox, my friends will roll their eyes and assume I'm up to my "hippie sh%&."  However, for some reason, this time around everyone is super interested.  Must be something in the air, or just the prospect of bikinis looming, but more and more people are willing to try out a cleanse nowadays.  Perhaps it's the influx of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley extolling the virtues of these detoxes, and while you can roll your eyes at them all you want, the fact is they both look pretty f$&%ing awesome.  The problem is, as it always will be: time.  Well, that, and willingness.  If you don't really wanna do this, it's ain't gonna happen.  But if you've never done one before, it can seem daunting in terms of finding something to eat, and having the time to cook it.  My method is: keep it simple.  Invest some money in some basic ingredients that are versatile, and keep your meals inventive but easy.  Read on for my comprehensive grocery shopping list:

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Spring Detox!

Spring Detox!

Spring is in the air right now....dewdrops twinkle among the cherry blossoms, and the air is redolent with fragrant florals and freshness.  There is just something about the spicy smell of hyacinth blooms and spring breezes always makes me want to torture myself in new and inventive ways.  Last year, it was the Tracy Anderson Method, and this year, it's a month-long spring detox - body, mind, and home.  I'm talking dry brushing, mega green smoothies, cleansing yoga, meditation, and a daunting closet organization that I'm hoping will be more freeing than spirit-crushing.  I like to think of it as shedding my sludgy winter skin and revealing a new self that is way more awesome.  Truth is, I started it a little over a week ago, and although it has been trying at times, it is a far cry from torture.  In fact, I feel pretty amazing: I've been in an unabating good mood that has made my typical snark all but disappear, and I have a ton of energy that helps keep me motivated.

I have embarked on a few detoxes over the years, from an all-juice 3 day cleanse to a two week complete elimination diet (CLEAN by Alejandro Junger) that was mostly protein shakes and moodiness.  The juice cleanse was particularly challenging, as by day three I wasn't even hungry, I just wanted to be able to chew something.  But I think I have finally found the trick: moderation.  Basically, when you cut out EVERYTHING, all you will want is what you can't have.  Which is everything except kale.  I've never found those detoxes to work for me, because it quickly becomes an obsession with truffle mac & cheese and at one point I even DREAMT I was eating mac & cheese, like ALL NIGHT, and I am not wasting my dream time on food again, not when I could be flying over Narnia on a fire-breathing pegasus*.  Anyways, the whole point is to make healthy changes that will last, not create an unhealthy obsession.  My advice is - pick one thing you want to focus on, and try to eat as much whole, unprocessed foods as you can.  I am focusing on cutting out sugar, with the exception of citrus fruits and berries, and I don't really have any other foods that are taboo (it turns out that I have the opposite of a gluten intolerance.  I turn into a complete monster without gluten.  And I pass out.  I'll still eat dairy too - but I'm going to get really high quality, organic dairy and eat it in moderation.)

My other advice?  Don't buy a cleanse**. 

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